Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Baudette / Rainy River International Bridge Replacement

Highway 72 / Highway 11

About the project

Baudette/Rainy River Bridge

A coordinated effort

MnDOT, in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, has completed the replacement of the Baudette/Rainy River International Bridge on Hwy 72 in the City of Baudette, Minn. and Hwy 11 in the Town of Rainy River, Ontario.

Virtual Celebration: Oct. 28

MnDOT hosted a virtual celebration of the completion of the new International Bridge Project on October 28, 2020. This virtual event included representatives from MTO, MnDOT, Stantec, Parsons and Lunda Construction as well as members of the public.

Click HERE to view the recorded meeting.

Click below to view a video of the completed bridge project including footage of the original bridge construction in 1959-1960.


Watch interviews with the project team HERE.

October 2020- Update

  • The new bridge construction is complete and operating.
  • Due to winter shut-down and stream bed restrictions, the removal of the old bridge will continue into summer 2021. Work to be completed summer 2021 includes:
    • removal of underwater structures
    • paint girders
    • install special surface on concrete
    • remove dock wall
    • turf establishment

International Bridge from drone

Representatives from MnDOT, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Parsons, Stantec, Lunda Construction, Canada Border Services Agency, United States Customs and Border Protection, and Consulate General of Canada: Ariel Delouya were in attendance to commemorate the completion of the construction on the International Bridge.

Visit the photo gallery to view pictures of construction progress.

Traffic impacts

  • Overall traffic impacts will be minimal as the new bridge is constructed along side of the old bridge.
  • Through traffic will be maintained during the construction project. 
  • Traffic will encounter construction equipment on the Minnesota side which will be hauling equipment and material, to and from the temporary causeway that is adjacent to the existing bridge.

NAVIGATION WARNING:  Users of the Rainy River are advised that construction activities are ongoing to construct a new bridge and replace the existing International Bridge.  Users should expect additional boating traffic as construction materials and workers are ferried to and from barges that are anchored.  A navigation channel is marked with Port and Starboard buoys up and down stream of the construction site; these buoys are illuminated for low light and dark conditions.  Additionally, there are temporary works and barges within the water way that are illuminated with yellow flashing beacons for low light and dark conditions.  PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION.